(CNN) –On the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama each take the stage to discuss service and civic engagement in a forum at Columbia University.
What do you think of their ideas? How does the role of service determine what kind of nation we live in? What does national service mean to you?
Along with CNN Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley, CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider, CNN Political Analyst Roland Martin, and Republican strategist Bay Buchanan, thousands of you weighed in.
Click "comments" below for a look at the entire conversation.
What can average citizens do to ensure that all candidates views are heard in detail? I am so disgusted that the press has been unable to openly and thoroughly question Sarah Palin. The American public deserve to know her views directly from her mouth. Please, to all journalists out there, please do all you can to make certain that all the candidates have their voices heard. We deserve so much more than this.
Perhaps, the answers that are needed in fixing America are not short and are not lengthy. Perhaps it will take great strides and length to fix this country.
Mccain has been in the congress for 30 plus years – all these years has he tried to make change. How can he do now when he could not do for all these years. it is baloney.
He gave a speech on the convention saying fight with me. For what – to be stationed in Iraq? Comon. he cannot do anything. he will continue the bush-cheney leagcy.
the counties strength is built first in each of its communities and the young peaple of this country. so if he is a community organizer than he has the experence to help bring this country to a better future.
After 8 years of grade school administration this is heaven!!!
Sarah Palin so smart she thinks Putin is president of Russia
Lofty inspires me too....
Maybe Obama might want to announce Hillary will be his Secretary of State to um – get the mojo back on his side as well as my vote – just a thought.
(She should have won the nom to begin with in my opinion) I gave him another chance to get my vote with Hillary on as VP – he lost that. He has one more chance – then Im gone.
Americans are fortunate to have a presidential candidate of Senator Obama's fine intellect and character. I have yet to see anyone of his calibre on the European political scene. I hope you come to appreciate your great fortune.
Thats not the way legislation works...... I thought he was going to change things....?
"...Obama is too lofty. He takes TOO long to get TO the point."
And people still wonder how W. got elected...?
Roland spare us the CHANGE message, all elections carry the message of change and the fact the Obama had it first means nothing absolutley nothing.
Obama is doing excellent :)
Candy, cut the analogies – its the news media that is raisng the fracas!
If this wee a fair forum Obama should not have been able to listen to McCain's answers.
Why are they asking Obama to get so specific on plans and I didn't hardly hear any specifics from McCain...I still don't know what his plans are...
Yes, Candy, exactly. Let's not start trying to keep score of this session just yet... we should leave something for the media to obsess over later on.
So Candy – was Saddleback was one of those forums? I've heard several pundits say that there was a winner.
Again Bill, I have to disagree with you. As a listener, I never hear that McCain is a strong proponent of unity. He is focused on one group and one group only. Where as Obama is attempting to close the gap.
Rand, have to disagree. McCain was vague and general...as we speak Obama is talking about the specifics of his national service plan.
80% of people who join the military do it for the money or the benifits(like college).
Can we get off the "he heard the questions", or "he heard his answers".
Just listen to what is being said!
Okay, Bill, he said "our government", "Washington", "our economy". He stayed away from Bush.
I will achknowledge though that politicians use the tactic of divide and conquer to get elected, but it's our fault for allowing them to do so.
So how is Barack Hussein Obama going to do all this? He never really says how. Are we going to inflate the tires and save gas that way, as he said before etc.?